We take a look today at C-Works’ recent PVC rendition of Bible Black’s heroine Imari, presented here in her updated second OVA form. Fans of the long-running eroanime franchise (and the original game) may be curious as to the results of this latest attempt in a string of largely ill-fated sculpts based on its characters; as much as it pains me to say it, this one pretty much sucks as well. Read on for the awful truth:
Original Design: Yoshi-Ten, Sei Shoujo
Sculptor: Tainidou TinyKid
Source: Shin Bible Black vol. 1 (eroanime) (source image)
Scale: 1/6 (16 cm tall)
Release Date: April 18th, 2007
Price: 5,460 JPY (tax included)
Current Availability: Hobby Link Japan, J-List
Since its initial release in July of 2000 Bible Black has become one of the most storied franchises in eroge history, boasting an extensive list of anime conversions including an original six-episode OVA series, two episodes of “gaiden” side story material, a two episode fetish short, and a new OVA (新・バイブルブラック Shin Bible Black), thus far with five episodes, that continues the story of both the game and the original anime series. For those wanting to go to the source, the game was recently released in English by Kitty Media.
Through all of the game’s various adaptations the character of Imari remains at its core, the girl next door who is sucked into darkness in the first OVA and returns in the second series possessed by the ancient evil that consumed her. This sculpt is based on the illustration of Imari on the cover of the first volume DVD release of the second OVA:
- It’s a bit of a struggle for me to find anything unconditionally positive about this kit. The size is a plus; it’s always nice when a figure has some heft to it. The ease of the cast-off process is also appreciated – no complicated extrication from hair or arms, the front of her blouse just peels right off. The seam where the torso separates from the hips is well-hidden and the skirt is also removed easily.
- Where to begin. While the kit is superficially faithful to the illustration it’s based on, the sculptor (known principally for his rather bizarre original Nekoko and Takoko PVCs) largely fails to grasp the spirit of both Sei Shoujo’s designs and Yoshi-Ten’s anime adaptation of them. All around a functional, though mediocre, sculpt.
- The bust area is, while not spectacular, well enough done that it stands out from the rest of the kit by its sheer adequacy. A pity C-Works didn’t hold to this standard through the entire production process.
- When it comes right down to it, I think a lot of people would say this entire kit is basically ugly. The mediocre sculpt fails to get Imari’s face right, making her features more severe and pointed and less sensual than her actual design. The attention paid to the bust is utterly lacking in the rear, with an unflattering sculpt job marred by defects either in the original cast or introduced by the manufacturing process.
- Which brings me to the worst condemnation of the kit: C-Works’ atrocious craftsmanship. From the casting defects along the seams (the ears, hands, and rear end are especially bad) to the mediocre paint job: waxy, pallid skin with no shading other than on the breasts, a two-tone color scheme on the hair that makes it look more like All-Bran than anything else, and generally blocky paint-by-number coloration elsewhere. The slip of masking plastic between the skirt and the body was improperly placed as well, resulting in blemishes on the skin that were there even before the initial cast-off. Over all a very sorry state of affairs.
Overall Score: 4/10
It’s hard to rate this figure anything higher, given its lack of redeeming qualities relative to the blemishes present on the already mediocre canvas that was the sculpt job. Bible Black deserves better than this, and I’m not sure if C-Works has it in them to produce at the level of craftsmanship required to make the grade. Worth the purchase? Probably not, unless you’re a Bible Black completionist or really have the hots for Imari.